Letter: Councillors and Portlaoise Hospital

Letter: Councillors and Portlaoise Hospital

What utter spineless local politicians we have here in Laois.

They huffed and puffed and talked the talk, but when push came to shove, they tucked their tails between their legs and ran away.

They were a bit like in the old poem: 'Oh, The grand old Duke of York. He had 10,000 men; He marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again.'

I refer to last week's editorial in your newspaper when you wrote about the - 'Sickening back down' - by our so-call public representatives over a proposed protest they were to mount on the Dáil over the future of our hospital in Portlaoise.

One even had the audacity to declare that they weren't going to mount a token demonstration outside the Dáil because they are 'politicians not protesters.'

The word politician does not come close to what they are – 'Yes Men'.

They sit in their comfy chairs in a warm County Hall with their hands out for every expense going, slap each other on their backs and claim they represent the people of Laois - but only if they don't rock the boat or they don't upset their pay masters.

The people of Laois, and further afield, demand that they get up off their arses and do whatever has to be done to save Portlaoise Hospital.

If that means that they come down from their Ivory towers in County Hall and travel to Dublin for an hour or two to register the people's anger over any plans to close the A&E in the hospital, well that's what they do.

No ifs, buts or maybes.

I can, without contradiction, point to at least 13 of our so-called politicians, from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, Labour and Independents who I have seen over many years out on the streets of Laois protesting over one thing or another.

However, that was either before an election or when cameramen from the local newspapers were present.

The people of Laois will remember which of our so-called councillors stood up and were counted and who led the charge against the attack on our hospital, come next election time.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Byrne

Esker Gate